Q. In psychology, what is the “dark triad” and how can you spot someone who has it?
Mike King, MS Psychology & MFCC, PhD Degree in Psychology (1985)
It’s virtually impossible to spot someone who is part of the dark triad in the cluster B system of personality disorders. The three disorders that comprise the dark triad are, narcissistic personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, and machiavellism.
The overriding trait for cluster B is lack of empathy and conscience and no remorse for past behaviors, regardless of consequences. Symptoms tend to overlap and it’s easy to mistake one for the other. Generally, the victim suspects nothing until well in to the plot and they are already hooked.
Superficial observance, at least initially, will betray nothing out of the ordinary. This explains why victims are unaware of their peril until is too late and their emotional investment is too great to turn back.